A critical study of Synge's early writings, published in 1966, with references to his plays

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Suzan Safris Lee (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Alan Price

Abstract: This thesis is a discussion of the three autobiographical works of John Milling-ton Synge, 1871-1909. They are The Autobiography of J. M. Synge, published in 1965, "Vita Vecchia" and "Etude Morbide", published in 1966 in the Oxford edition of J. K. Synge: Collected Works, Volume II, Prose. Although revised many times throughout his brief life, these works were all written mainly while he was abroad, and they were started before any of the plays. These pieces, being recent additions to the works of Synge, offer unexplored areas for insights into the writer as a man and as an artist. The most important force in Synge's art has been recognized as his imagination. To undertake a study of his work it has therefore been necessary to examine the basic influences on and elements that formed his imaginative power. This paper examines his personality, introverted and hypersensitive, and his highly developed perception of the link between man and nature and the inevitable death, decay and mutability of all life. The external forces presented as influencing Synge are religion, women, literature, art and music. In the discussion of this background material references have been made to Synge's literary works, with some emphasis on his lately published critical writings.

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Language: English
Date: 1969
Synge, J. M. $q (John Millington), $d 1871-1909
Synge, J. M. $q (John Millington), $d 1871-1909 $x Criticism and interpretation

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